Archive for January, 2013


Daniel H. Schandorff ~ Kasson

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Schandorff, Daniel

Daniel Harold Schandorff, born on June 16, 1944, died of natural causes on January 29, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Daniel served in the military during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged. Following his service, he had various types of jobs. But his favorite was working on the farm and assisting with church functions. He was born and raised here in Minnesota, spent 10 years in Texas, where he met his current wife, and returned home to be with his family 18 years ago. He was a family man who adored playing with his grandchildren.
His parents were Claude and Olga (Rubin) Schandorff. Dan is survived by his wife Sherral of Kasson, 4 children, Jane Elizabeth (Cleo) Schandorff-Coles of Georgia , Dan Schandorff of Stewartville, Casey Schandorff of Colorado, and Bonny Schandorff (Mike Olerich) of Denver, IA, 4 grandchildren, Elisabella Raum, Daniel Phillip Coles, Sofia Schandorff, and Elizabeth Raye Coles, his sister Catherine Hanenburger of Kasson, and 5 brothers, Claude “Red” Schandorff of Dodge Center, Gerald (Audrey) Schandorff of Rochester, David (Carol) Schandorff of Wilmar, Russell (Gail) Schandorff of Stewartville, and Terry (Carolee) Schandorff of Kasson. Daniel was preceded in dead by his parents, 2 sisters, 1 brother, and 4 nephews.
There will be a Memorial Service at First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN on Saturday, February 2nd at 2 PM with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Charles Ramthun ~ Byron

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Charles “Chuck” Herbert Ramthun, 82, of Byron, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester due to respiratory failure after suffering from Parkinson’s and Lewy bodies disease for 9 years. He had resided at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center the last 2 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Charles was born August 14, 1930, the youngest of 13 children, to Albert and Verna (Postier) Ramthun in Byron, MN. He graduated from Byron High School in 1948. On June 18, 1949, he married Carol Clark. They lived together in Rochester for five years before moving to Byron and building their first home in 1954. Charles worked for three of his building contractor brothers before starting his own home building and development business in Byron.

In high school, he was very active in sports, excelling in football and basketball. This love of high school sports continued as he and his wife became faithful followers of the athletic events at Byron High School, with a special love for track and field. He was the volunteer #1 picker at the track meet finishing line and headed up the chain gang on the football field for over 40 years, donated his services in building the press box (crow’s nest) on the Byron football field and gave 2 BHS sports scholarships for 34 years. His volunteerism and generosity lead to his receiving the Distinguished Service Award at the Minnesota Athletic Directors Association state meeting in 1993. In 2001, he received the Byron High School Distinguished Service Award for his 40 years of service and in 2009, he was inducted into the inaugural Byron Sports Hall of Fame for his volunteerism and service to Byron High School sports.

His love of snowmobiling and his generosity also lead him into being a founding and lifetime member of the Byron Snowbears Snowmobile Club and organizing the annual snowmobile fundraiser for the March of Dimes. Charles will be remembered for his love of flying and accomplished his dream of getting his pilot’s license and owning his own 4-passenger Cessna plane. He was a member of EAA for 30 years. He and his wife loved their fishing trips to Manitoba with their boat and motor home. Charles also loved hunting, dancing, joking, and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and great grandsons. He was a member of the Byron United Methodist Church.

Charles is survived by his loving wife, Carol Ramthun, of Byron; and their three daughters, Debra (Dave) Ramsey, of Minneapolis, Michelle (Glenn) Seibel, of Bemidji, and Teresa (Jeff) Greene, of Byron. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Paul (Tara) Greene, Brianna (Drew) Cooper, and Tiffany Seibel, and two great-grandchildren: Ethan and Logan Greene.

He is preceded in death by his parents, seven sisters, and five brothers.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening and 1 hour before the service at the Byron United Methodist Church. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Charles Ramthun Byron athletic fund.

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Herbert Grovdahl ~ Kasson

Sunday, January 20th, 2013


Herbert “Herb” Grovdahl of Kasson, Minnesota died of pancreatic cancer on January 17, 2013 while a patient at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.  He was under the care of Mayo Hospice.


Herb was born on December 16, 1942 in Kasson to Henry and Mabel (Carlson) Grovdahl and raised on a farm in Hayfield, Minnesota.  He grew up with sister, Joyce, and brother, Donald, and graduated from Hayfield High School in 1960.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army (Infantry) in April, 1964 and received an honorable discharge in April, 1966.  He served 9-1/2 months in Viet Nam, was wounded, received a Purple Heart, and returned home with shrapnel in his leg.  He was a truck driver and worked for local concrete/cement organizations for about 40 years, retiring in 2005.


Herb was united in marriage to Ardis Fjerstad at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson on April 22, 1967 and two daughters, Keri and Alyssa, were born and raised in Kasson.  He treasured his two daughters and the enjoyment, activity, marriages, and grandchildren that followed.  He was a member of Evanger Lutheran Church in Sargeant until becoming a member at St. John’s Lutheran in Kasson in 1967.  He served on the Church Council and Ushers Group.  Herb enjoyed all things with cars, hunting, carpentry, laying block and brick, gardening, lawn work and especially his flower beds.  He enjoyed all his magazines and was a member of many car, gun and hunting organizations, some being the Kasson Gun Club and Trap Shooting League (held many offices), NRS (life member).  For many years, Herb and Ardis enjoyed dancing and were part of the Relay Club Dance Group.  Herb enjoyed hunting “up north” with Al and attending any and all tractor, car, threshing events with his brother, Don, and cousin, Paul, all activities with his children and grandchildren, animals, camping, Erdman’s Coffee Crew, the mini-reunions with his “Class of 60”, and the many friends, relatives and buddies who visited and prayed.


He is survived by his wife, Ardis; daughters, Keri (Aaron) Babcock of Rochester and Alyssa (Rich) Trow of Mantorville; four grandchildren, Ella and Grady Babcock and Samuel and Addison Trow; brother, Don (Jennifer) Grovdahl of Hayfield; and brother-in-law, Everette Hettinger of Dodge Center.  He was redeceased by his parents; sister, Joyce; infant niece and nephew, Scott and Joy Grovdahl; niece, Robin Grovdahl; father-in-law, Burton Fjerstad, Sr.; and his hunting partner for many years, Al Moen.  Also surviving are his in-laws, Melvina Fjerstad (mother-in-law), Sharon and Tink Larson of Waseca, Denny and Donna Head of Kasson, Burt, Jr. and Enner Fjerstad of kasson, Mike and Eileen O’Connor of Brownsdale, and Mike and Lavonne Berge of Kasson.  Survivors also include many cousins and over 100 nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.


Herb’s funeral will be Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating.  Visitation will be at the church on Thursday, January 24 from 5:00-8:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Friday.  Burial with military rites conducted by the Kasson American Legion and Mantorville VFW will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family for distribution to their choice of charity, to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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Duane Buck ~ Kasson

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Duane Walter Buck, 83, of Kasson, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 surrounded by his family. Duane was formerly from West Concord and was a retired farmer. He and his wife, Marcella, moved to Kasson in 2005.

Duane was born on April 3, 1929, in Zumbrota, MN, to Ray and Esther Buck. He grew up in the area and attended country school in White Willow, near Zumbrota. Following school, he met Marcella (Sally) Briggs of Spring Valley and they were married on April 21, 1950, in Spring Valley.

Duane joined the Army in 1949 and was stationed in Fort Rucker, Alabama, until 1952. He was a member of the 204th Medical BTN Ambulance Company. After the service, Duane and Marcella moved back to Minnesota where Duane began working for the Mayo Clinic in Janitorial Services. He then left the Mayo Clinic to take up farming in the West Concord area. He and Marcella raised six children; Richard (the late Rhonda) Buck of West Concord, Debbie (Kent) Ruport of Kasson, Judy (Roger) Quimby of West Concord, Dorothy (Carvel) Munnikhuysen of Dodge Center, Jim (the late Lori) Buck of West Concord, and Bob (Jill) Buck of Kasson.

He is survived by his children and 18 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn Schumacher of Zumbrota, Carol (Pervin) Floen of Rochester; and two brothers, Roger (Ardell) of Owatonna, and Jerry Buck of Lake City. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two sisters, one brother, one granddaughter, one great-granddaughter and two daughters-in-law.

Duane enjoyed farming, playing cards, going to the casino, fishing in northern Minnesota and spending time with his family and friends.

A visitation will be held on Friday, January 18, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home in Kasson and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 19, at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, in West Concord with Pastor Chris Brekke officiating. Burial will be at the Concord Cemetery in Old Concord, MN.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, Season’s Hospice or the charity of choice.

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David L. Bradford ~ Kasson

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

David Lloyd Bradford, a former long time resident of Kasson, died at Season’s Hospice in Rochester on Friday, January, 11, 2013.

Dave was born January 27, 1933 in Berne, MN to Lloyd and Jessie Bradford. He grew up in the Kasson-Mantorville area and spent many a day peeling potatoes and washing dishes at “Brad’s Diner” which was a family owned business.

In October of 1953, Dave married his childhood sweetheart, Phyllis Johnston, of Wasioja, MN in Kasson. Soon after, Dave joined the Army and the newlyweds moved to Arizona. Dave learned to be a mechanic while in the service. He was stationed in Korea from 1954-56 and honorably discharged in 1961. Dave and his new family moved back home to Kasson. He worked at Folkstad’s Garage for a few years and then went to work for UPS in Rochester as a fleet mechanic. He retired after 21 years in 1986. He soon discovered that retirement was not for him (or for Phyllis). He went back to work for the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department and kept the cruisers running in tip top shape. He retired for keeps in 1998.

Dave is survived by his wife, Phyllis. They celebrated 59 years of marriage on October 10, 2012. Also surviving are three daughters; Vickie (Stephanie) Hallisy of Rochester, Cindra Nordstrom of Austin, and Jody (Randy) Liudahl of Rochester; and one sister, Nancy (Lyle) Gronvold of Kasson. He leaves behind 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Richard, Royce and Larry.

Dave lived a full and active life with his wife, daughters and friends. Many summers were spent on the lake near Faribault camping, boating, water skiing and, of course, fishing. Dave was a great fisherman, and he shared his passion with his kids, grandkids and friends. He was a long time member of the VFW, the American Legion and the Snowdrifter’s Club. Dave, though short in stature, was a big character. He wanted to make sure everyone was having a good time and would share a beer with friends; luckier ones might also get some fish! He enjoyed his grandkids and great-grandkids and they, in turn, will miss their “Grandpa Pete”.

There will be no funeral service at this time. The family will host a reception on January 27, 2013 at the VFW in Mantorville from 1:00-4:00 pm in Mantorville. All friends and family are welcome to come and share some “Dave” stories.

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Kenneth R. Vangness ~ Kasson

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Kenneth R. Vangness, 86, of Kasson, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN, where he had been a resident for four days.

Ken was born July 10, 1926, in Concord, MN to Jacob and Julia Vangness. He attended school in West Concord, served in the Army Air Corps during World War II from 1944 to 1947, and married June E. Keller of Dodge Center in June, 1946. They lived in the West Concord area until 1956 when they moved to Kasson. Their 66th wedding anniversary was celebrated in 2012.

He is survived by three sons (Roger (Karen), LuVerne (Cathy), and Steve), five daughters (Jeannie, Pat (Gary) Olevson, Bev (Dan) Harris, Sandi (Dean) Solberg, and Sheri (Chuck) Finger), 20 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, brother Harold (Alma), two sisters (Shirley Giesler and Florence Wangen), sister-in-law June Baldridge, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife June in September 2012, grandson J.J., parents, brothers (Obert, Jeff, Irving, Luther), and sisters (Alice, Harriet, Ruth).

Ken lived a full and active life. He managed the Mobil gas station in Kasson for many years before moving on to work on the pipeline. Eventually he started his own backhoe business, Vangness Construction, finally retiring in 2011. In his younger years, he served on the Kasson Fire Department and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and American Legion. He fully participated in bowling leagues, fishing, hunting, and finally gave up his golfing league at age 85. He loved to tell a good joke, tease his grandkids, and made many batches of peanut brittle each Christmas.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the wonderful care he received at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center and in the Memory Care Unit at Gunderson Suites in Kenyon during these last difficult months.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 15, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. Visitation will be Monday, January 14, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial of cremation remains of Ken and June will take place in the spring.

The family prefers memorials to them to be distributed later at their wishes.

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Kasson is in charge of the arrangements.

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